Easy cherry jam served with fresh bread

Easy cherry jam

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

Makes 4 x 150g jars

Celebrate cherries with this homemade cherry jam. Perfect in cakes or slathered over fresh bread, it also makes a lovely gift for family and friends

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per tbsp

  • kcal39
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre0.2g
  • protein0.1g
  • salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 2kg cherries, pitted, ½ roughly chopped, ½ halved
    Cherry

    Cherry

    che-ree

    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 1.2kg jam or preserving sugar (with added pectin)
  • 2 lemons, juiced
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

Method

  1. Put two saucers in the freezer for testing the jam later on. Tip the cherries, sugar and lemon juice into a large, heavy-based saucepan and simmer uncovered over a medium-high heat for 35-50 mins, stirring frequently until thick and glossy. 

  2. After 35 mins, spoon a little of the jam onto one of the chilled saucers. Leave for 1 min, press a fingertip into the jam. If it starts the wrinkle, it’s ready. If it slides away, continue to boil the jam for 10 mins, then test again on the other saucer. 

  3. Spoon the jam into sterilised jars and seal. Will keep for six months unopened (when stored in a dark, cool place), or opened in the fridge for three months.

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